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Kia Sorento (2016) vs. Ford Explorer (2016) Features

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Model Year 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016
Model Sorento Sorento Sorento Sorento Sorento Sorento Sorento Sorento Explorer Explorer Explorer Explorer Explorer
Trim L LX LX V6 EX EX V6 SX V6 SX Limited SX Limited V6 Base XLT Limited Sport Platinum
Engines (show)  
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
185 hp@6000
170 lb-ft@4000
                     
3.3L V6
DOHC-4v
290 hp@6400
252 lb-ft@5300
                 
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
240 hp@6000
260 lb-ft@1450
                     
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
290 hp@6500
255 lb-ft@4000
                   
turbocharged
2.3L I4
DOHC-4v
280 hp@5600
310 lb-ft@3000
                   
turbocharged
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
365 hp@5500
350 lb-ft@3500
                     
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
6-speed automatic                    
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD    
AWD  
Tires (show)  
235/65R17 tires                
235/60HR18 tires                
235/55HR19 tires                    
245/60HR18 tires                
255/50HR20 tires                  
265/45ZR20 tires                        
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers            
Infinity, 630W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)                
Unbranded, 9 speakers                        
Sony, 390W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)                      
Sony, 500W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)                        
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.          
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.                        
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.                
Ashtray and lighter (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                
Cruise control          
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.                  
Heated steering wheel              
Keyless entry keypadUnlock the car by entering a code on a door-mounted keypad.                  
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.                      
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.        
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Power-adjustable pedalsPedals adjust fore-and-aft to provide the optimal relationship with the steering wheel.                    
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.        
Proximity trunk or liftgate openerRelease latch by standing near the bumper for a few seconds.                
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.  
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.                
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power                    
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.  
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.                  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Around view camerasSmall external cameras provide a top-down view all around the vehicle, to reduce blind spots while parking.                      
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.        
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Curve controlSlows vehicle down when it senses that the vehicle is going too fast for a curve.                
Forward collision warningAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.                
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.          
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.                
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Inflatable rear seatbeltsOutboard rear shoulder belts inflate in a collision.                
Knee airbag, passenger                
Lane departure prevention system, steering-basedSteering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.                      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.                  
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.                  
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.    
Performance braking system (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Post-crash alert systemSounds horn and flashes hazad lights if airbags or seatbelt pretensioners have been activated.                
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.                    
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.      
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Safety keyIndividual keys can be coded to enforce specific driving restrictions, such as maximum speed and audio volume.                
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.          
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.                
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.            
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.                
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.                
Wide-view front cameraWide angle camera allows the driver to see around the corner on the front of the car when pulling out of parking spaces or side streets.                    
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover
Cargo net    
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.              
Class III trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 5,000 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.                
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Second-row high consoleSecond-row center console that rises to armrest height, and usually includes storage.                  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.          
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.              
Trailering equipment (7 wire)Includes seven-wire harness, necessary for larger trailers.                
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.                  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.        
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.        
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.                  
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.          
In-vehicle Internet capabilityConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.                  
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Ionizing air filtrationIonizes air to clean it. Might create high levels of ozone.                
Media drive, smallBuilt-in flash drive with a small amount of storage for MP3 and other audio files.            
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Navigation, turn-by-turnSimple directions displayed on rudimentary screen and/or spoken over audio system. Fee after first 3-12 months.                  
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.                      
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.                  
Rear air vents with manual controlsFan speed and/or temperature can be manually set for vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Includes value of rear vents.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.        
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.                  
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.  
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.                    
Surround sound          
SYNC                  
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.                  
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.                
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for audio systemSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.                      
Voice control for external devicesPhone or other device operated via the vehicle's voice command system. Requires a compatible device--all aren't supported.  
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Wi-Fi hotspot capabilityProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.                  
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.            
Exterior (show)  
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                        
Black exterior trim (optional)                        
Black grille (optional)                        
Body color fascias / fenders (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                    
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.                    
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Bright-finished mirror housings (optional)Chrome or aluminum mirrors. Only listed if optional or not standard on the base trim.                        
Deep-tinted rear windows
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.                
Metal accent plate, lower front fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.                    
Metal accent plate, lower rear fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.                    
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special brown                  
Paint, special red                
Paint, special white                  
Painted brake calipers (optional)                    
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.        
Rear bumper protector          
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Tow hook(s), frontUsed to connect the vehicle with another, so one of them can tow the other out of the mud.                
Tubular side steps          
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.                  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.                      
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.    
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.                        
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.        
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.  
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.    
Interior lights, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster displayThe information displayed by the instruments can be customized. Color display(s) of at least 20 square inches.                  
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only                
LED tail lightsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.                    
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.        
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.          
Rear reading lights                
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.                  
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors  
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.              
Visor mirror, driver                        
Visor mirror, passenger                        
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.                      
Powertrain (show)  
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.            
Oil coolerOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.                
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row buckets                  
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench                
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench          
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench      
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.                
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row    
Cooled or ventilated front seats                
Door sill trim plates                        
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Folding third row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.                
Heated front seats    
Heated second row seats                  
Illuminated door sill trim plates      
Leather door panel trim                        
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.        
Leather-wrapped steering wheel      
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.                
Manual height adjuster, driver seat                        
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.                        
Manual lumbar adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable lower back support.                          
Manual recliner, second row seats
Massage, driver seatPower lumbar or vibration used to massage lower back.                      
Massage, passenger seatPower lumbar or vibration used to massage lower back.                      
Memory system, driver seat              
Metal pedals                      
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.                
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.                      
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power height adjuster, passenger seat        
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.              
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.                      
Power recliner, driver seat    
Power recliner, passenger seat        
Power release, second row seatsSeats tumble forward at the press of a button. Must be returned to upright position manually.                    
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.                    
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.        
Power-stowing third row seatsSeat powers into a well completely beneath the floor level to enlarge cargo area. Also powers back upright. Replaces manual stowing seat, and includes the value of that feature.                    
Stain-resistant fabricFabric that resists stains, and in many cases odors as well.                    
Stowable third row seatsSeat stows in a well completely beneath the floor level.                      
Tailgating position, third row seatsThird-row seat can be flipped over to face out the rear of the vehicle, for use with the tailgate open.                    
Upgraded headliner (optional)                    
Upholstered instrument panel, leather                        
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.                        
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheelReal wood comprises part of the steering wheel rim.                        
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels          
Alloy wheels, optional designSame value as regular alloy wheels because no way to compare across models.                        
Chrome-plated alloy wheelsAlloy wheels plated with chrome. Some use a more durable, alternative process (PVD, Superchrome). Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.                        
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.          
Machined alloy wheelsOuter surface of alloy wheels machines to yield a bright finish. Replace and include value of reqular alloy wheels.                      
Performance steering system (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Polished alloy wheelsAlloy wheels highly polished to yield an ultra-bright finish. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.                      
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                      
Terrain selectorSelect electronic chassis control settings for a specific terrain type.                
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.          

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Option Package Contents

Convenience Package

Features
Heated front seats
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Obstacle detection, rear
Obstacle detection, rear

Third-row seating

Features
Folding third row seats
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seats
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench

Convenience Package

Features
Heated front seats
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Obstacle detection, rear
Obstacle detection, rear

Third-row seating

Features
Rear HVAC unit
Rear air vents with manual controls

Touring Package

Features
Navigation system
Universal garage door opener
Surround sound
Panoramic sunroof
Interior lights, additional
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
HD radio
Infinity, 630W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)

Premium Package

Features
Sunshades, second row
Power liftgate
Upgraded instruments
AC power outlet
Proximity key
Power-folding mirrors
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Proximity trunk or liftgate opener

Touring Package

Features
Navigation system
Universal garage door opener
Surround sound
Panoramic sunroof
Interior lights, additional
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
HD radio
Infinity, 630W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)

Premium Package

Features
Sunshades, second row
Power liftgate
Upgraded instruments
AC power outlet
Proximity key
Power-folding mirrors
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Proximity trunk or liftgate opener

Technology Package

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Lane departure warning system
Around view cameras
Forward collision warning

Technology Package

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Lane departure warning system
Around view cameras
Forward collision warning

Trailer Tow Package - Class III

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Package 201A

Features
Automatic climate control, front
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Dual-zone climate control
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster display

Comfort Package

Features
Heated steering wheel

BLIS Plus Inflatable Rear-Seatbelt Pkg.

Features
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Inflatable rear seatbelts

Package 202A

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Obstacle detection, front

Trailer Tow Package - Class III

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Trailer Tow Package - Class II

Features
Class II trailer hitch
Class II trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

MyFord Touch w/SYNC

Features
A/V input jacks
SD Card slot
In-vehicle Internet capability
Wi-Fi hotspot capability
SYNC

Package 301A

Features
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Rain-sensing wipers
Auto-dimming headlights
Lane departure warning system
Parking guidance system - active

BLIS Plus Inflatable Rear-Seatbelt Pkg.

Features
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Inflatable rear seatbelts

Trailer Tow Package - Class III

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Multicontour front seats

Features
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Massage, driver seat
Massage, passenger seat

BLIS Plus Inflatable Rear-Seatbelt Pkg.

Features
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Inflatable rear seatbelts

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